We learnt from the last edition that one of the major keys to enthronement is SEPARATION because Salvation without a complete change of character, attitude and value system is a sign that you have not really decided for God
“. As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that used to influence you when you were ignorant. Instead, be holy in every aspect of your life, just as the one who called you is holy. For it is written, “You must be holy, because I am holy.”1 Peter 1:14-16
We also discovered that to be separated is to become a completely changed and different person. You have not been separated if there is no difference between the person you use to be and the person you are. However, God cannot enthrone a man that has not become his person, which can only be possible through separation. Hence, we started a discussion on what it means to be separated under which we had discussed the first step as having a DIFFERENT VISION. So, I will continue with the second one which is
2. DIFFERENT WORD
There must be a difference in the word you speak and the one the world speak. Jesus said:
“And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.” Matthew 12:36
Your word is another important index of your Christian value. Therefore, it must be distinguished. There should be a difference between the language of the world and that of the church.
For instance, the Language of David was different from the language of others, When others were speaking defeat, he was speaking victory. The words you speak reflects the kind of spirit that rules your life
Clothes and appearance are most powerful nonverbal communicators not only of our socioeconomic status, but also of our moral values. We are what we wear. This means that the outward appearance is an important index of Christian character. Our outward appearance is a visible and silent testimony of our Christian values, our inner renewal is reflected on our outward appearance.
“Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes; But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.”1 Peter 3:3-4 (AMP)
Clothes do not make a Christian, but Christians reveal their identity through their clothes and appearance. They distinguished Hebrew men from Egyptian men by the way they dress,
As christians , don’t dress to oppress, impress or seduce rather dress in a modest and decent way, showing respect for God, yourself and others. This principle is found in Paul’s use of the terms kosmios and aidos—”well-ordered” and “decent”—to describe the appropriate adorning of the Christian woman,
“In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”1 Tim 2:9
Apostle Paul terms of expression here means that Christians must dress in a well-ordered, decorous, decent manner, without causing shame or embarrassment to God, themselves, or others.
To dress modestly and decently implies that clothing must provide sufficient covering for the body so that others are not embarrassed or tempted.
To dress modestly and decently is not to make yourself the subject of remarks either by being overdressed or by dressing in a lax, untidy manner. To act as though you knew that the eye of heaven is upon you.
To be continued in the next edition.
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